Olympic Lessons for the Workplace
Each day during the Olympics, I’ll post a nugget relating a value of sportsmanship and the Olympics to your professional life.
Today’s Olympic Nugget: Aim to surpass a goal, not just meet it.
The USA women's relay team are some of the latest athletes to break a world record at these Olympic Games. None of these athletes talked about hopes to "come close" to an existing world record or tying a world record. They came with the ambition to break a world record, and many have succeeded. That's got to be an amazing feeling.
I encourage you to take any metrics or goals you are expected to meet at work, and instead of planning to meet the goal or come close to the goal, aim to surpass it. You won't do it every time, but it will feel great when you do, and you will begin to establish yourself as someone who not only meets goals but goes beyond them. That's the type of person that companies want in their ranks.
Records are made to be broken. Goals are made to be surpassed. Are you in? What's a goal/target expected of you at work that you can take to the next level by aiming even higher?
Photo by Dan Mumford